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AHMEDABAD: Soon, travel time to Mumbai by train will be reduced as Western Railway plans to increase train speeds from a maximum of 110 kmph to 130 kmph. The increase is likely to reduce the travel time of the Shatabdi Express by nearly 45 minutes.
Divisional railway manager Depak Kumar Jha said the semi-high-speed railway corridor between Ahmedabad-Vadodara is sanctioned and work will begin soon. The track is part of the semi-high-speed corridor between Mumbai and Delhi. Once the track between Ahmedabad and Vadodara is upgraded, travel time will further reduce.
Jha said work on laying the third track between Ahmedabad and Vatva is almost complete but there is a mazhar in the ways and a case is pending in the high court. The work cannot be completed till the final order of the court. He said the division is exploring the possibility of connecting the third line with the existing track so that it can be used.
Officials said the third track will help the railways to give stops to several trains at Maninagar. This has been a long pending demand of daily commuters. It will also ease of congestion at the station as several trains have to wait in the yard for a platform. With the third track, trains can be diverted to any platform and will save on wait time.
Jha said the second broad gauge track between Ahmedabad and Mehsana will be operational by next year. Only the track between Mehsana and Palanpur is pending and is at the design state. Once the final estimate is prepared the railways will begin work. This is the only section waiting for a double track between Ahmedabad and Delhi.
The Ahmedabad division has so far refunded Rs 72 crore for tickets booked for the lockdown and post-lockdown periods for trains that have been cancelled.